Teen Who Staged His Own Kidnapping Had a Ridiculous Reason

moneyKids. They do the darndest things. They're always doing stuff like blasting their iPods, eating candy, and staging their own kidnappings so they can extort ransom money from their fathers. At least, some kids are.

A 17-year-old boy from Delray Beach, Florida "disappeared" from the Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Tournament on Sunday morning. A while later, he phoned his father, claiming that he was kidnapped and his captors were demanding $50,000 for his release. Police found the teen, and his cohort, a dude named Joshua Andre Pee, chillaxin' in a Budget Inn a couple days later, waiting for their cash.


When the cops found the boys, Pee took off running. He broke into the house of some innocent lady, who contacted police and told them where their suspect was. Pee denied trying to extort 50 Gs from the teen's dad during questioning, but was charged with the burglary of an occupied dwelling and resisting arrest. The 17-year-old is facing charges for staging his own kidnapping.

Now, the details of the actual boy who was "kidnapped" remain sparse since he's a minor and all, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say he wasn't "peer-pressured" to do this. He's 17, not 9. I get that teenagers are impressionable and all, but by 17, they oughta have some wits about them -- and they've got to know that trying to rob their parent of $50,000 isn't cool.

The thing that I think I like most about this story, though, is the fact that the dad didn't pay. A few days went by from the time his son called and the time he was busted. Either he's a bad ass dad who doesn't negotiate with terrorists, or he knew something was up. I like to think the latter. I like to think no one bought into this terrible, terrible plan.

How nutso is this?

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